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leaf and stones

leaf and stones
Photo Information
Copyright: Gisela Back (giba) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 63 N: 33] (327)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-09
Categories: Nature, Macro
Camera: Casio Exilim EX-Z500
Exposure: f/4.3, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-09 10:58
Viewed: 2010
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My favourite colours are yellow and orange. So in terms of colour autumn is my favourite season. Today I found this leaf of an aesculus hippocastanum in our garden. I used the opportunity and took pictures of it with several backgrounds to study this effect.

- sharpened
- modified brightness and contrast
- framed and resized

The Common Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is a large deciduous tree, native to a small area in the mountains of the Balkans in southeast Europe, mainly in Albania, but also locally in northeastern Bulgaria (Preslavska Mountains), northern Greece and Macedonia. It is widely cultivated throughout the temperate world.
It grows to 35 m tall, with a domed crown of stout branches, on old trees the outer branches often pendulous with curled-up tips. The leaves are opposite and palmately compound, with 5-7 leaflets; each leaflet is 10-25 cm long, making the whole leaf up to 50 cm across, with a 20 cm petiole. The flowers are white with a small red spot; they are produced in spring in erect panicles 10-20 cm tall with about 20-50 flowers on each panicle. Usually only 1-5 fruit develop on each panicle; the fruit is a green, softly spiky capsule containing one (rarely two or three) nut-like seeds called horse chestnuts and also known as conkers. Each conker is 2-4 cm diameter, glossy nut-brown with a whitish scar at the base.
source: wikipedia

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Hola Gisala.
Excellent picture, nice colour, original.

I often juxtapose objects until I get a pleasing design this works wonderfully against the white stones and the border blends in. How do you get the gradiated fade?

Pretty contrast. The color of stones is welcome to benefit from this sheet. Sharpness of the sheet is perfect.

(-) I don't like the framing ;(

Hi gisela , very nice softness and color here
Details are great
I can almost feel the stones under my feet!
I must say I don't like the yellow gradient frame a lot, It might be only me:)
Have a nice evening,

A nice idea. The leaves are interesting and the white stone background works so well with them. For me though I don't think having the leave in the very centre of the image works as well as if they were perhaps off centre (perhaps to the upper right in this case).

I think it needs a bit more sharpness. Try a rusty frame instead of yellow. Anyhow simply nice!

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